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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

What to Do in a Dental Emergency: Guidance from Reyes Dental in Plano, TX

Dental emergencies can be stressful and painful, but knowing the right steps to take can help manage the situation until you can get professional care. At Reyes Dental in Plano, TX, we prioritize educating our patients on how to handle urgent dental issues effectively. Here’s a comprehensive guide on what to do when facing common dental emergencies.

Step 1: Assess the Situation

The first step in any emergency is to assess the severity of the situation. Here are a few questions to consider:

  • Is there severe pain?
  • Are there signs of infection such as swelling, knots on the gums, or facial swelling?
  • Is there bleeding that doesn’t stop?

These symptoms indicate a need for immediate professional attention. If the dental emergency involves life-threatening symptoms like severe swelling affecting breathing or swallowing, seek emergency medical care immediately.

Step 2: Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Toothaches: Rinse your mouth with warm water and gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Avoid placing aspirin directly against the gums near the aching tooth, as this may burn the gum tissue.

Chipped or Broken Teeth: Save any pieces of the broken tooth. Rinse your mouth and the broken pieces with warm water. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep swelling down.

Knocked-Out Tooth: Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. Rinse the tooth, but do not scrub it or remove any tissue attached. If possible, try to place the tooth back in its socket. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available). Contact us immediately for an emergency appointment.

Lost Filling or Crown: As a temporary measure, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity (sugar-filled gum will cause pain) or use over-the-counter dental cement. Don’t use super glue! If you have the crown, you may be able to slip it back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive to help hold the crown in place.

Step 3: Contact Your Dentist Immediately

After handling the immediate needs, contact Reyes Dental for an emergency appointment. The quicker you act, the better the chances of saving the tooth and preventing further damage. Check our website for contact details and more information about our emergency services.

For more detailed guidance on handling dental emergencies in Plano, TX, visit our page on Emergency Dentist Plano, TX.

Step 4: Follow Up

After the emergency treatment, it’s important to follow up with your dentist to ensure proper healing and to prevent future problems. Reyes Dental will provide the necessary follow-up care and advice to keep your smile healthy and pain-free.


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